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Toni Haastrup


  • Professor of International Politics, Politics

Accepting PhD Students

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Personal profile


Prof. Toni Haastrup is Chair in Global Politics at the University of Manchester since September 2023. She holds a PhD in Politics from the University of Edinburgh.

An award-winning teacher and researcher, she is a 2022 recipient of the Emma Goldman Award from the FLAX Foundation for contributions to feminist research and knowledge in Europe, and the Emma Goldman Fellowship of the Vienna Institute for Human Sciences. She is also a recipient of the ISRF Mid-Career Fellowship 2023-2024.

Her research interrogates the manifestation of power hierarchies in global politics, with research interests encompassing a wide range of topics within international studies, including peace and security in Africa, feminist, postcolonial and decolonial approaches to international relations, and regional and global governance – she has published extensively in these areas.

In addition to her academic work, Toni frequently works with government organs and international organisations, offering expertise on themes linked to the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda and Feminist Foreign Policy (FFP). She provides occasional commentary to news media on current affairs related to Africa's international relations and Western foreign policies in Africa.

Research interests

I am interested in how gendered hierachies are reinforced by ostensibly progressive interventions in regional and global governance. Additionally, my interests include: regional security institutions; feminist peace research; the Women, Peace and Security agenda; Feminist Foreign Policy; Africa-EU relations; decolonial thinking; interpretive methodologies


In addition to my PhD from Edinburgh, I hold an MA in International Relations from the University of Cape Town, and a BA in International Relations and Political Science from the University of California, Davis

I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) and hold a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education

Supervision information

Currently accepting students with interests in the following themes:

Gender in global governance practices
Women, Peace and Security agenda
Feminist Action Coalitions
EU Foreign and Security policies
Africa's International Relations

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

Secretary, British International Studies Association

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Edinburgh

… → 2011

Master of Arts, University of Cape Town

… → 2006

Bachelor of Arts, University of California Davis

… → 2004

External positions

Honorary Professor, The University of Stirling

1 Oct 2023 → …

Areas of expertise

  • JZ International relations
  • HM Sociology

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Global inequalities


  • Gender and race
  • Greater Manchester
  • Knowledge Production
  • global hierarchies
  • Feminist Foreign Policy
  • feminist peace research
  • Women, Peace & Security
  • institutional change


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